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Crash bang boom

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Crash bang boom

The history of the percussive performance group known around the world as Stomp began in 1981. Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas of Brighton, UK, were members of a street band, the amusingly named Pookiesnackenburger, which played most of that decade at the Edinburch Festival. As part of Cressell and McNicholas'

Poet in peril

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Poet in peril

Geoffrey Chaucer, a poet and raconteur who plied his trade in the politically fraught London of the late 14th century, is now regarded by scholars as the father of English literature. His unfinished work The Canterbury Tales is a dreaded but frequent college assignment six centuries later - yet the

Party like it's 2017

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Party like it's 2017

We gather to belt "Auld Lang Syne" each New Year's Eve, most of us with only the sketchiest sense of what it means. Robbie Burns' poem, set to the tune of a traditional favorite, extols the comforting value of "old long since," meaning "days gone by," the nostalgia we share

Thou tellest

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Thou tellest

"Comfort ye, my people,' saith your God." And with that, one of humanity's crowning achievements in inspirational music gets underway. Who among us doesn't appreciate comfort as we approach the winter solstice? Maybe that's why Messiah, first written for Easter and performed in April, is so inseparably associated with Christmas.

A food court for foodies

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A food court for foodies

Despite being a state capital noted for artisanal spirit and cultural diversity, Olympia struggles to birth and maintain what food connoisseurs refer to as "destination dining." Indisputably great restaurants, meaning eateries capable of drawing gastronomes away from Seattle, Portland or even Tacoma, are few and far between. That's why it

Welcome home!

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Welcome home!

Ron Swarner was one of the cofounders of the Weekly Volcano back in 2001. He moved on from this paper in April 2015, but his Tacoma-loving, hipster-booster soul is in every drop of ink. When he retired from print journalism, he said he was interested in opening a little bar

Voices of angels

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Voices of angels

In late-15th-century Austria, the use of boys' choirs in Catholic mass was already a longstanding tradition. In 1498, Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I moved his entire court, musicians included, to Vienna. Thus was born the Vienna Chapel Imperial. Maximillian decreed that a choir of two adult bass singers and six

Once upon a barstool

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Once upon a barstool

Few events in life are more tumultuous, more exhausting and elating than falling in love. That emotional tsunami is captured beautifully by writer-director John Carney's 2007 film Once, which finds a Dublin street musician in a "meet cute" and romance with a flower seller from Czechoslovakia. Imagine that experience eight

American on Purpose

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American on Purpose

Scottish-American comedian and TV host Craig Ferguson, currently the star of both Celebrity Name Game and Join or Die With Craig Ferguson, first drew attention stateside as Mr. Wick, the stuffy boss on The Drew Carey Show. These days, in addition to his syndicated game show and History Channel panel

New Bohemians

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New Bohemians

How popular is Giacomo Puccini's four-act tearjerker La Bohème? If you've seen even one opera in your life, there's a good chance this was it. If you've seen a Broadway play, it may well have been Rent - a mid-'90s reboot of Puccini's operatic original. Puccini based La Bohème on an

Symphony Tacoma is born

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Symphony Tacoma is born

One of Tacoma's most respected arts organizations will hold a masquerade gala to celebrate the opening of its 70th season, Friday. "We're keeping musical performances alive in the heart of our region," said Andy Buelow, executive director for the group. We aren't trying to be coy about the name of this

The power of pink

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The power of pink

This might be the first time a dish of nachos was good for someone's health. Patrons of The RAM may be surprised to find Easter-pink tortilla chips in their Mexican fare, but that ingredient is meant to raise awareness of breast cancer prevention and treatment. "Our nacho chip provider is

Klaatu barada nikto!

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Klaatu barada nikto!

This weekend, Lakewood Playhouse will host close encounters of the radio kind. For his ninth year in a row, James Venturini is directing a cast of vocal talents to perform, live on stage, a radio-drama-style program for Halloween. Venturini and his cast create live sound effects as well. This year's

Raise a glass!

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Raise a glass!

It goes by the Latin name Homarus americanus. It can stretch to over two feet long and weigh 40 pounds. An Atlantic-dwelling, herring-munching monster, it's the heaviest arthropod on the planet. Forget Jurassic Park, this spiny devil originated during the Cambrian explosion a half-billion years ago. Pretty intimidating, right? Now

A life in character

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A life in character

Visitors to legendary comic Emo Philips' Wikipedia page learn in its first sentence that Philips is a master of the paraprosdokian. That was a new one on us, too. A paraprosdokian, from the Greek for "counter to expectations," is a witty remark in which the last phrase is a surprise

Fully lit

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Fully lit

Tacomans already know Creative Colloquy as a monthly literary event, two-going-on-three annual print publications, and a thriving website (CreativeColloquy.com) full of locally-written poetry and prose. Last fall, founder Jackie Fender added a pick-and-choose "lit crawl" to Colloquy's already-impressive roster. It returns this year to spread stories and other live entertainment

Nobody's sidekick

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Nobody's sidekick

Let's not insult Art Garfunkel by pretending he needs any introduction. We know him, of course, as the sensitive actor who debuted in Mike Nichols' Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge. That latter role earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Then came an over-40-year acting career, with roles in Laverne & Shirley,

Spicy!

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Spicy!

Despair is often the engine for creativity. So it was with colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade, which generated dance forms including dabke, salsa, samba and even tap. What we now call tap dancing arose when slaves in America combined beloved West African rhythms with Irish jig. Carol Thuy Bui is

Gridiron grub

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Gridiron grub

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack ... " Which sport is identified most with (and beloved for) its concessions? Hint: it ain't football. Sadly, for all the screaming hysteria to be heard in Seahawk Nation, no one says much about the food in its capital stadium. Zach Hensley, managing director

Futures past and present

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Futures past and present

Science fiction can take us anywhere, from human blood vessels to the edges of the universe. In 1897, it turned menacing Martian tripods loose on the streets of Victorian London. These days, episodes of Doctor Who can be viewed on any smartphone, an improvement over Starfleet's communicators. Words, Words, Words is

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